Zahaan Hasham: "My Experience Coding at Apple"
The goal of our Student Innovation Team is to empower our students to lead learning around technology throughout our school. This group of students is responsible for demonstrating, teaching and sharing their learning to all members of our school community - parents, students and teachers. Our goal for the Innovation Team is to have a group of students that acts as the catalyst for new ideas, creativity and innovative learning. Zahaan is 10 years old and in Grade 5 at DAA. He is in his second year at DAA and his first year on the Student Innovation Team
Moving to Dubai
A student at the Dubai American Academy for the last 8 years, Tan joined the school in the 3rd grade. His musical journey continued unabated, after his family’s relocation to Dubai. Soon after the move, Tan joined the Emirates National Conservatory, managed by Prof. Riad Kudsi. It’s where he has been studying the piano ever since, under the tutelage of Ms. Naila Maharramova. Deeply immersed in the style of music he has dedicated himself to, Tan is passionate about what distinguishes it from other genres.
The Journey Continues
When Tan was 13, he entered the 11th GCC Peace Music Competition. As winner of the 1st prize at the event, he played as a soloist with the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra, and guest musicians from the Premier Music College of Prague Youth Orchestra, and State Music School of Bielsko-Biala in Poland. Tan is the recipient of a Creative & Performing Arts scholarship, as part of the GEMS program to support and nurture outstanding talent within the student body, and speaks fondly of his musical experiences at the Dubai American Academy. “I am really lucky to have Dr. Sebastian Seidel as my teacher at DAA”, Tan shares. “Dr Seidel organized our IB (10th grade) Jazz club ensemble, and has significantly contributed to my growth as a musician”.
Plans for the future
Tan is enrolled in the IB diploma program and aims to join a reputable university in Europe, after graduation. “I would love to study Political Science and Social Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science” Tan says. “Being recognized, as part of the GEMS scholarship program, has encouraged me to continue to pursue excellence in both my academic and musical performance. To me, it was proof that my hard work and dedication will always help me achieve outstanding results”.
Being recognized, as part of the GEMS scholarship program, has encouraged me to continue to pursue excellence in both my academic and musical performance. To me, it was proof that my hard work and dedication will always help me achieve outstanding results.
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